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XLR8R x Beatport: Sepalcure

Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. At the moment, few electronic-music outfits are flying quite as high as Sepalcure, the Brooklyn-based duo of Praveen Sharma and Travis Stewart which recently dropped its self-titled debut full-length to heaps of acclaim. The pair's emotive and melodic take on bass music has set Sepalcure apart from the rest of the crowd, so, in hopes of figuring out some of the elements that make up the duo's unique aural formula, we invited the two producers to put together a list of 10 of their favorite jams of the moment. Read more » 

B2B: Kevin Saunderson and MK, Part 2

Yesterday, we published part one of our extended conversation with electronic-music veterans Kevin Saunderson and MK (a.k.a. Marc Kinchen). In the second half of their lengthy exchange, the artists discuss the major labels' retreat from dance music, the legacy of Detroit, future plans, MK's move to the pop world, and how Pitbull brought him back to house music. Read more » 

Download: VVV "Jade Mountain"

This deep, atmospheric cut is the lead track from the CD version of the recently unveiled Across the Sea album by Austin, TX resident VVV. The newcomer's record is the debut LP for both the producer and the Glaswegian imprint that released it, Fortified Audio. Though the label has put out EPs prior to this (from the likes of Distal, xxxy, and Submerse), VVV's Across the Sea marks the inaugural full-length vinyl release, and can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (71 votes)

Review: George FitzGerald Shackled EP

Label: Hotflush

To call George FitzGerald anything but an expert when it comes to soulful, R&B-infused garage would certainly be a misstatement. But with the release of his fourth single this year (and second for Hotflush), the question has moved beyond the simple existence of the Londoner's skills as a producer in the current UK post-everything/bass-music scene to whether or not his style can evolve further. With the Shackled EP, we begin to search for the answer and come up with this far-from-resounding conclusion: yes, kind of. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 12/09/2011

Japan Benefit Comp to Feature Exclusive Tracks from Four Tet, Pantha Du Prince, Nosaj Thing, and More

Kazu Makino (perhaps best known as the frontwoman of Blonde Readhead) has put together a compilation to benefit her native country of Japan, which continues to rebuild after the natural disasters which devastated the country earlier this year. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/09/2011

Download: Gagarin "Third Rail (Bass Clef Derail Mix)"

Label: Geo

Gagarin (the moniker of Graham “Dids“ Dowdall, an established underground percussionist whose work has paired him with the likes of Nico, John Cale, and Pere Ubu) recently released a single of reworks for his track "Third Rail" on his own Geo imprint. Here, we have London resident Bass Clef's (pictured above) take on the tune, which ups the tempo a bit and wrangles the meandering atmospheres of the original into a more precise bass-music package. The Third Rail Remixes digital single is out now with Gagarin's own dense reworking of the tune serving as the b-side. 

Average: 6.4 (34 votes)

C.L.A.W.S. Preps EP for Discaire

San Francisco producer C.L.A.W.S. (who also makes up one third of psych-tripping band Bronze) has announced plans to release a new EP in the coming weeks for the "homophonic" Discaire imprint. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/08/2011

Download: Matthew Dear "Headcage"

Label: Ghostly

Preeminent Ghostly artist Matthew Dear is set to follow up last year's Black City LP with a new offering of locked-groove pop called Headcage, a four-song EP that arrives ahead of his forthcoming Beams full-length on January 17. The title track kicks off the new bunch of tunes, showcasing the veteran producer's penchant for funky dancefloor sounds and baritone vocal hooks. To get your full dose of Matthew Dear goodness, click the jump to check out a teaser video for his entire EP and a list of upcoming European DJ gigs.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (53 votes)

Video: The 2 Bears "Work"

This past Monday, we shared with you a remix of the lead single from The 2 Bears' forthcoming Be Strong LP, "Work," and now we have the video for the original version to share. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/08/2011

Diskotopia Announces New Compilation

Diskotopia will be starting off its second year as a record label by releasing a compilation, the plainly titled Diskotopia Various Artists Volume 1, that will contain a wide swath of dance music by artists associated with the imprint, including Visionist, Optimum, Greeen Linez, LDFD, and a few other names that might be familiar to the XLR8R faithful. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/08/2011

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